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beth, deceased; married John Ruth, of Wash-



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ington county, Pennsylvania. 2. James B.,
of whom further. 3. Minerva, married Henry
M. Buston, whom she survives, a resident of
Ohio. 4. Joseph C, died in. Washington
county, Pennsylvania. 5. Dr. Samuel H., a
practicing physician of Illinois. 6. Sarah, de-
ceased; married William Acheson. 7. Rebec-
ca, married Rev. L. P. Streator, of Washing-
ton, Pennsylvania. 8. Anna, married John D.
Brading, of Washington, Pennsylvania. 9.
John, resides in Washington, Pennsylvania.
10. Diavid, deceased. 11. Henry. 12. Ruth.

(HI) General James B. Ruple, son of
Colonel James Ruple, was born June 3, 1812,
in Washmgton county, Pennsylvania, died
March, 1901. At the age of twelve years he
became his father's assistant in the manufac-
ture of fanning mills. The wire screens used
liad to be bought for cash in Pittsburgh, and,
limes being hard, father and son attempted
to make wire screens themselves. The experi-
ment was a success, and when prosperity
again came to the country in 1826 they did
a good business among the millers of that
section. They nude all kinds of milling, wire
screens, sieves, riddles, etc., later adding wire
rat and mouse traps.

When a boy of fourteen he was afflicted
with a disepse that left him a partial cripple
for several years. When more advanced in
years he became a clerk in the county offices.
In 1832 he moved to Greenbrier county, Vir-
ginia, where he engaged in the manufacture
of fanning mills, continuing until 1835 o^
1836. At the request of his friend, John A.
North, clerk of the court of appeals for the
western district of Virginia, he accepted a sit-
uation in the latter's ofifice, continuing a few
years, then returning to Washington, Penn-
sylvania. Here he was clerk in the post ofifice,
then the heaviest distributing office in the
country. He spent the following summer
working out of doors at carpentering and in
the winter he went south to Louisiana. Here
malaria drove him north again, and in the
fall of 1837, in company with T. B. Bryson. he
engaged in cabinetmaking, but was compelled
again by his health to abandon business. In
January, 1839, he was appointed to a clerk-
ship in the office of the secretary of state at
Harrisburg, ser^nng under Governor David
R. Porter until 1845. Prior to this he had
bought a half interest in the Washington
Examiner and for four years was connected



with that journal in partnership with T. W.
Grayson. In 1852 he was appointed deputy
shcrif? by John McAllister, sheriff of Wash-
ington county, serving three years. He was
then acting prothonotary of the court of com-
mon pleas during the illness of W. S. Moone.
In 1857 he was elected to that office and re-
elected in i860, serving in that office eight
years in all. Like his father, he was a Dem-
ocrat, but in 1854 he split with his party and
ever after acted with the Republican party.
In February, 1867, he was appointed by Pres-
ident Andrew Johnson as assessor of internal
revenue of the twenty-fourth Pennsylvania
district, serving four years. He. later lived a
retired life. He gained his military title of
general by service in the National Guard of
Pennsylvania. In 1836 he was elected cap-
tain, and in 1846 was appointed by Governor
Shunk a member of his staff with the rank of
lieutenant-colonel. In 1855 he was commis-
sioned brigadier-general of Pennsylvania
militia.

General Ruple married, September 24,
1839, Sarah A., daughter of Charles Mays, one
of the oldest settlers of Washington county,
Pennsylv;inia. Children: i. Charles M., now
an attorney of Washington, Pennsylvania. 2.
James Goodrich, district passenger agent of
the Pennsylvania railroad, located at Pitts-
burgh. 3. Virginia, married Rev. J. J. Jones,
of Washington, Pennsylvania, whom she sur-
vives. 4. Anna M., of Washington, Pennsyl-
vania. 5. Frank W., of Columbus, Georgia,
connected with the Georgia Central railroad.
6. Catherine Mays, of previous mention, wife
of William M. Thompson. 7. Etta, married
Dr. A. J. Culbertson, of Washington, Penn-
svlvania.



The Harmans, originally from
HARMAN Germany, settled at an early

date in Westmoreland coun-
ty. Pennsylvania, where Andrew Harman was
born, lived and died. He was a farmer and
dealt largely in live stock. He raised a great
deal of stock on his own farm, which, with
his purchases he formed into droves and sent
on the hoof to eastern markets. Until the
railroads came they had to be driven the en-
tire distance. He served in the war between
the states, and was a man of influence in his
town. He married Mary M. Shaffer. Chil-



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dren: i. Henry, of whom further. 2. John, a
farmer of Donegal township, Westmoreland
county. 3. Panina, married John Getemey,
whom she survives, a resident of Latrobe,
Pennsylvania.

(llj Henry, a son of Andrew Harman, was
born in Donegal township, Westmoreland
county, Pennsylvania, in 1844. He learned
the carpenter's trade, and also owned and con-
ducted a farm when a young man. In 1880
he moved to Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
After the Johnstown flood he engaged in the
rebuilding of that town, carrying on a large
contracting and building business. He is now
living practically retired. He and wife are
members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
In politics he is a Democrat. He married
Mary Barkley, born in Donegal township, in
1844, died Alay, 1898, daughter of John Bark-
lev, a farmer of Donegal township, of an early
Westmoreland county family. Children of
John Barkley and wife: i. Hiram, now a
farmer of D'onegal. 2. Mary, of previous
mention. Children of Henry and Mary Har-
inan: I. Ezra N., married a Miss Hoyman
and resides at Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania;
he is a well-to-do real estate dealer, specializ-
ing in farm property. 2. Emma, married W.
S. Huffman, a livery man of Mount Pleasant,
Pennsylvania. 3. Allen, resides in Connells-
ville, Pennsylvania; baggage master with the
Baltimore 8z Ohio railroad; married a Miss
Crvtsner. 4. George, a Pennsylvania railroad
employe living at Youngwood, Pennsylva-
nia; married a Miss Sear.ion. 5. Elizabeth,
died 1903: married Isaac Bungard. 6. Isaac,
died 1903; was a liveryman of Mount Pleas-
ant, Pennsvlvania; married Miss Hood. 7
Minnie, married W. E. Rumbaugh, and lives
at Mount Pleasant. Pennsylvania. 8. John
Henrv, of whom further.

(Hi) John Henry, youngest son of Henry
and Mary (Barkley) Harman, was born in
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, August
7, 1874. He was six years of age when his
parents left the farm and located in Mount
Pleasant, where he attended the public school,
graduating from the high school in 1893.
After leaving school he began learning the
carpenter's trade, working under the instruc-
tions of his father. He became an expert
workman and was placed in charge of his
father's building operations. From 1897 to
1902 he was employed in the planing mill of



J. W. Ruth, of Scottdale, Pennsylvania. In
1902 he came to tJniontown, where he in-
stalled the saw and planing mill equipment
of the Carroll Lumber Company and was
manager of that plant for eighteen months.
In 1903 he was graduated after a seven years'
course in architecture with the International
Correspondence School of Scranton, Penn-
sylvania, and in April, 1904, formed a part-
nership with W. B. Jamison, opening an
architect's ofifice in Uniontown. The new
firm won successful recognition and contin-
ued as partners until 1910, when they dis-
solved, Mr. Harmon continuing the business
alone. He has risen high in his profession,
and maintains ofifices both in Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, and Morgantown, West Vir-
ginia. He has grown steadily in public favor,
and with his practical knowledge of construc-
tive building and his skill as a designer makes
a most capable superintendent of buildings
committed to his care and oversight. He has
designed many churches, schools, business
blocks and fine private residences in Union-
town and elsewhere, always with the greatest
satisfaction to the owners. He designed the
clubhouse for the Uniontown Club, also the
landscape gardens surrounding it. He oper-
ates over a wide territory and everywhere may
be found evidences of his taste and skill. He
is a member of Great Bethel Baptist Church
and of the Order of Heptasophs. In politics
he is a Democrat.

He married, August 15, 1896, Clara, daugh-
ter of Louis and Lydia (Koontz) Simpson,
both residents of Uniontown. Louis Simp-
son, now retired, was for twenty years yard
foreman at the Mount Pleasant Coke Works
for the H. C. Frick Coke Company. Mr.
Harman built his present residence at No. 129
Evans street, Uniontown, in 1908. Children:
Louis, born November 28, 1898; Arthur, Au-
gust 15, 19CX); Ralph. September 12, 1909.



The earliest ancestor of this fam-

EGNOT ily of whom record is found is

Michael Egnot, a farmer and

landowner in central Austria, Hungary. He

remained in Hungary all his life and married

Julia . Children: i. Michael (2), of

"whom further. 2. John, emigrated to the
United States when twelve years of age; re-
sides in Allegheny City, where he holds a po-
sition as clerk in a mercantile house. 3.



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Anna, came to the United States and settled
at West Butler, Montana, where she married
John Garber, a farmer. 4. George, died in
nifancy.

(llj Michael (2), son of Michael (i) and
Julia Egnot, was born in the central part of
Austria about 1864. He was educated in
the common schools of his native province,
and about 1882 emigrated to this country with
his brother John, settling in Tyrone township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, where he found
employment at one of the blast furnaces for
about eighteen months. When he was un-
able to find any more employment there he
moved to Braddock, Pennsylvania, where he
held the same position for the following four
years. He then worked in a pipe mill at Mc-
Keesport for three years. He showed no dis-
position to remain for any length of time in
one particular situation, but after being em-
ployed at the Nellie Mines for three years,
he gave up his roving hfe and remained at
Juniata for twenty years. Here he was en-
gaged in drawing and leveling coke. About
1895 he purchased property at Duquesne,
Pennsylvania, and in 1903 bought a house
with about an acre and a half of land attached
near Juniata. He has been steadily adding
to this until now he owns thirty acres, all of
which he cultivates. While the wisdom of
living an unsettled life as he did might be
doubted by some, it is nevertheless true that
his prosperous condition justifies his wander-
ing. His only relative in this country is a
cousin John, a son of Kis father's brother.
He is a Republican in politics and a member
of the Roman Catholic church.

He married, at McKeesport, about 1887,
]Mary, daughter of John and Susan Monsky ;
children: i. John, emigrated to the United
Slates, but returned to Austria after five
years, where he died. 2. Susan, married
John Dubinsky: lives at Charleroi, Penn-
sylvania. 3. Eli, married Mrs. Anna Mon-

chan. 4. Peter, married Anna and

lives at Juniata. 5. Mary (of previous men-
tion.) Children of Michael (2) and Mary
(Monsky) Egnot: i. Michael (3), married
Anna Slukey, now deceased ; had one daugh-
ter who died at birth. He is employed at
Jumata Coke Works. 2. John, yard foreman
at Juniata Coke Works. 3. Mary. 4. An-
drew. 5. Anna. 6. George. 7. Susan. 8.
Margaret. 9. Paul.



The Colonial ancestors of the
SACKETT Sackets and Sacketts of
America came from England.
The Sackets, Sacketts and Sackvilles of Eng-
land trace descent from a common ancestor
whose forbears were natives of Normandy.
The name Sackett originated from one whose
pursuit was the sacking of wool for ship-
ment. In the records of early days Adam S.
Sackere (Adam, the Sacker) is met with, as
one busied not in the care of shearing sheep,
but as one engaged in the purchase and ship-
ment of wool. This man, whose father or
grandfather came to England with William
the Conqueror, is recognized by the Sacketts
and Sackvilles of England as their common
ancestor. Just when or under what circum-
stances the last syllable was changed from
"er" to "ett" and "ville" does not appear.

Few families have played a more important
part in founding, developing and maintain-
ing our republic than the descendants of Si-
mon Sackett, of Cambridge, Massachusetts,
and John Sackett, of New Haven, Connecti-
cut, brothers, who landed at Plymouth,
Massachusetts, from England, with Roger
Williams. No authentic records have yet
been discovered which establish beyond ques-
tion the name of the father of Simon and
John Sackett, the accepted tradition being
that they came from the Isle of Ely, Cam-
bridgeshire, England. In the early records
the name is spelled with the final double "t."
(I) Simon Sackett sailed with his brother
John December i, 1630, on the ship "Lyon,"
from Bristol, England, arriving at Boston
February 5, 1631. He settled at Newtown
(three "years later renamed Cambridge),
where, with six other "principal gentlemen,"
he erected a substantial dwelling. In the lay-
ing out and founding of the town he was an
important factor, but the exposure and priva-
tions of his midwinter voyage on the "Lyon"
had undermined his heaUh, which continued
to decline until October, 1635, when he died.
On November 3 following his widow, Isabel
Sackett, was granted authority by the court
to administer on his estate. It was at this
same session of court that the infamous de-
cree banishing Roger Williams from the
colony was entered. John, brother of Simon
Sackett, followed Roger Williams to Rhode
Island, and later was a prominent citizen of
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the Sackett family of Connecticut. Widow
Isabel Sackett's name appears on the Cam-
bridge records February, 1636. In June ol
that year she joined Rev. Hooker's company
with her two sons and traversed the wilder-
ness to Hartford, Connecticut, where she be-
came the second wife of WilHam Bloomfield.
Children of Simon and Isabel Sackett: Simon
(2), born 1630, died July 9, 1659, married
Sarah Bloomfield; John, of whom further.

(II) John, son of Simon Sackett, was born
at Newtown (Cambridge), Massachusetts,
1632, and so far as is known was the first
white child born there. He was taken to
Hartford, Connecticut, by his mother, who
remarried, and in 1653 John Sackett was a
resident of Springfield, Massachusetts. Here
he married, and a short time afterward sold
his land and moved to a property he had pur-
chased at Northampton, fifteen miles up the
Connecticut river. Here he lived until 1665,
when he again sold out and moved to a farm
purchased near Westfield, Massachusetts, on
what are now called Sackett's Meadows.
There he built a house and barn, which were
burned by the Indians October 27, 1675. He
lost a large amount of other property at the
same time and all his cattle, which were
driven ofif. He rebuilt his house and barn
and also erected a saw mill. In 1672 he was
chosen selectman of Westfield, holding that
ofiice as late as 1693. His wife died in 1690
and he remarried, continuing to reside on his
farm until his death. His will, dated 1718,
was probated in 1719. He married, Novem-
ber 23, 1659 (first), Al^igail Hannum, born
1640, died October 9, 1690, daughter of Will-
iam and Honor (Capen) Hannum. He mar-
ried (second) Sarah, daughter of John Stiles
and widow of John Stewart. Children of first
wife: I. John, born November 4, 1660. died
December 20, 1745; married Deborah Pelley.
2. William, of whom further. 3. Abigail, born
December i, 1663, died July 3, 1683; married-
John Noble. 4. Mary, died in childhood. 5.
Hannah, born March 7, 1669, died August 30,
1740. 6. Mary, born June 8, 1672; married
Benjamin Moseley. 7. Samuel, born Septem-
ber 16, 1674: married Elizabeth Bessell. 8.
EHzabeth, died young. 9. Abigail, born 1683,
married David King.

(Ill) William, son of John Sackett, was
born at Westfield, Massachusetts, April 20,
1662, and met his death by drowning in the



Connecticut river at Deerfield, March 28,
1700, while on his return from a wedding with
a party of relatives and friends. He married
(first) December 26, 1687, Sarah Crain, who
died soon after; (second), 1689, Hannah,
daughter of Isaac and Hannah (Church)
Graves, and granddaughter of Thomas-
Graves, "the emigrant." Children of William
and Hannah Sackett: Joseph, born May,
1690, died 1756; married Abigail ; Han-
nah, born June, 1692; Rebecca, born Septem-
ber 18, 1694, died September 15, 1872: mar-
ried T. Dewey; Jonathan, of whom further.

(IV) Jonathan, son of William Sackett,
was born at Westfield, Massachusetts, March
20, 1696, died September i, 1773. He grew
to manhood in Westfield, but after his mar-
riage moved to a small farm in Hebron, Con-
necticut, where he Hved the remainder of his-
days. He married (second) January 28, 1725,
Ann, daughter of Zebulon and Experience
(Strong) Filer. His first wife, Abigail Ash-
ley, died within a year after her marriage.
Children of Jonathan and Ann Sackett: i.
Ann, died in infancy. 2. Jonathan (2), born
December 26, 1727, died 1777; married Han-
nah Phelps. 3. Justus, born March 9, 1730,
died March 16, 1815, married Lydia New-
comb. 4. Reuben, of whom further. 5.
Aaron, born August 5, 1735. 6. Anne, Au-
gust 23, 1738. 7. Hannah, August 13, 1740.
8. Rebecca, April 14, 1743. The last four are
all supposed to have died in childhood.

(V) Reuben, son of Jonathan Sackett,
was born at Swansea, Massachusetts, June
17, 1732, died June 5, 1805. He resided with
his father at Hebron, Connecticut, later in
East Greenwich, that state. He married, De-
cember 21, 1752, Mercy Finney, who died
aged seventy-one years, daughter of John
and Ann (Toogood) Finney, of East Green-
wich, Connecticut. Children: i. Samuel,
born April 5, 1754, of whom further. 2. Alex-
ander, March 6, 1758, died ]\lay 7, 1829; was a
revolutionary soldier; married Patience

. 3. Aaron, December 26, 1760. 4.

Cyrus, January 5, 1764. 5. Anne, April 10,
1766. 6. Lucinda, January 23, 1769. 7. Vio-
let, July 18, 1771.

(VI) Dr. Samuel Sackett, son of Reuben
Sackett, was born April 5, 1754, died Feb-
ruary 13, 1833. In his diary, still preserved,
he says he was born at East Greenwich,
Kent, Litchfield county, Connecticut. On



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August 2, 1774, he was living in Spencer-
town, Connecticut. He studied medicine, and
during the revolutionary war served in the
Continental army as surgeon. On February
10, 1777, he was married, and in 1780, in
company with his brother Aaron, he came to
Western Pennsylvania. In a letter still pre-
served, dated Shistee Settlement, Youghio-
gheny county, October 27, 1780, he writes to
friends in Connecticut: "I do not think I can
cross the mountains back home until spring.
There are no doctors here between Pitts-
burgh and Wheeling, and all the way is
thickly settled. It is a healthy looking coun-
try. I do not think I will get much to do
until I get acquainted with the people. Tell
Jonathan Hamilton I think this is the best
place for land jobbing in the thirteen states,
and in case of invasion by Indians it is sup-
posed that fifteen hundred men would rid
them out." In the family record, under date
of September 15, 1781, he writes: "We set
out from New England to come to Redstone
township, and arrived at Beesontown, or
Uniontown, on October 16, 1781. The fol-,
lowing children were born at Beesontown:'
Betsey, April 4, 1782; Lucinda, March 5,
1784; Alexander, January 10, 1786; Mary
Anna, September 3, 1788. On November 10,
1788, we moved to Georges creek, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, where the following
children were born: Annie, November 9,
1790; Lydia, November 22, 1792; Samuel,
September 21, 1795; Sarah, October 20, 1797,
married Dr. Louis Marchant, of Huguenot
descent.". These entries are in the doctor's
handwriting. His eldest son, Alexander, born
in Pennsylvania, studied medicine with his
father and served as surgeon in the war of
1812. He was attached to General Harrison's
command and died of fever at Fort Meigs,
aged twenty-seven years. His first born son
Reuben (not named previously) learned the
printer's trade in Pittsburgh in 1802 at the
Gazette office. In 1803 he went to Alexan-
dria, on the Red river, Louisiana, where he
was thrown from his horse and killed, being
then aged forty-nine years. His second son,
David (not mentioned previously), learned
the saddler's trade in Pittsburgh and later
studied medicine with his father. He located
in Centerville, Indiana, where he died, aged
eighty-four years. His children: Guiliema,
Elizabeth, James, Alexander, Emily, Mary,



Martha, David, Margaret and Agnes.

Dr. Sackett was probably the first physi-
cian to practice in Fayette county. He was
skillful, successful in his practice and held in
highest esteem. He moved in 1788 from
Uniontown to the fame yet known as the old
Sackett homestead on Georges Creek, one
mile south of Sniithfield. He continued his
practice and cultivated his farm until his death
in 1833. Dr. Sackett's wife was Sarah Man-
ning, to whom he was married in Sharon,
Connecticut, by Rev. Smith, February 10,
1777. Children (not previously mentioned j:
Reuben, born January 16, 1778, died 1823;
David Filer, January 18, 1780, died 1864,
married Martha Milliken. They were born at
Kent, East Greenwich, Litchfield.

The Sacketts have in their possession (
many souvenirs of the good doctor, dating
back into the eighteenth century. There are
nineteen copies of the Pittsburgh Gazette to
which paper he was a subscriber, and on
which his son was a compositor, dates 1794,
1795 and 1796. There are fourteen letters ['
over one hundred years old written him from
friends in Connecticut. There are $700 in
Continental money, the largest note being for
$80, the smallest two shillings. Probably this
money represents his pay as surgeon in the
armv. There is a doctor's account book ,,^
printed in London in 1603, and an account
book of Dr. Sackett's in which the oldest
date is 1774.

(VII) Samuel (2), son of Dr. Samuel Sack-
вАҐvCtt, was born in Georges township, Fayette,
county, Pennsylvania, on the home farm, Sep-
tember 21, 1795, died April 27, i860. He
grew up on the home farm and was educated
in the schools available at that early day.
Being the youngest son, he remained with his
parents, and after his father's death became
the owner of the homestead. WHiile yet a
young man he left the farm and for a few
vears conducted a general store in Smith-
field. Later he returned to the farm, where
his after life was spent. He was a man of
quiet tastes and habits, a great reader and
lover of history. He was an ardent Whig,
and strongly opposed to human slavery, be-
ing classed among the then despised aboli-
tionists. He and his wife were members of
the Presbvterian church. He married Pris-
ciila Caldwell, born July 24. 181 1. died April.
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(Cross) Caldwell. Children: i. Alexander,
born November, 1832, died February, 1900;
he was a machinist and resided in Pitts-
burgh; unmarried. 2. William, born July,
1834; he was a farmer and stock raiser of
Georges township, now living retired in
Smithlield, Pennsylvania; married Millie
Everhart, who is also living; children: Hugh,
who owns the farm settled by Samuel Sackett
in 1788; Marchant and Carrie. 3. Lucinda,
born March 14, 1836, died August, 191 1;
married, October, 1856, Laurence Crawford,
who survives her; he was formerly a mer-
chant of Greensboro, Greene county, Penn-
sylvania. Children: Ortella and George
Harry. 4. Elizabeth C, of whom further. 5.
Louisa, born March 3, 1844; now resides in
Smithfield, Pennsylvania.

(VIH) Elizabeth Caroline, fourth child of
Samuel and Priscilla (Caldwell) Sackett, was
born in Smithfield, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, May 9, 1839. Her early Hfe was spent
on the old homestead in Georges township,
where she was educated at Georges Creek
Academy. She married, March 3, 1859, Will-
iam Nixon Brownfield (see Brownfield).
After her husband's death Mrs. Brownfield
moved to Uniontown, Pennsylvania, with her
daughters, where she has resided since 1898,
at No. 12 Nutt avenue. She is a member of
the Methodist Episcopal church and a most
vivacious, courteous, charming lady of "ye
olden time."



The Brownfields of
BROWNFIELD Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, are of Eng-
lish, Scotch-Irish blood. They were original-
ly natives of Scotland, where the father of



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